12.27.2010

The Century of the Self - The Engineering of Consent

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 Here is part two of this fantastic documentary.  I was going to try and type up a description, but the one on the BBC page for this film is perfect as it is, so I'll resort to just quoting for this post:

"This programme explores how those in power in post-WWII America used Freud's ideas about the unconscious mind to try and control the masses. Politicians and planners came to believe Freud's underlying premise - that deep within all human beings were dangerous and irrational desires and fears. They were convinced that it was the unleashing of these instincts that had led to the barbarism of Nazi Germany. To stop it ever happening again they set out to find ways to control this hidden enemy within the human mind. Sigmund Freud's daughter, Anna, and his nephew, Edward Bernays, provided the centrepiece philosophy. The US government, big business, and the CIA used their ideas to develop techniques to manage and control the minds of the American people. But this was not a cynical exercise in manipulation. Those in power believed that the only way to make democracy work and create a stable society was to repress the savage barbarism that lurked just under the surface of normal American life." - From the BBC website

Here is part 2:



Here is a downloadable version from Archive.org
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12.20.2010

Zeitgeist

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I was trying to pick a Holiday themed film for this weeks Monday Movie and couldn't think of a single one that would fit into the No Agenda Films model.  Then, I happened to notice an old bookmark on my computer at home and sure enough...I found one.  Zeitgeist is a 2007 documentary made by Peter Joseph that is broken into three different parts; The Greatest Story Ever Told, All the World's a Stage, and Money What is it?. The first part is what made me pick the film for this week's Monday Movie.  Why not celebrate Christmas the No Agenda way - by questioning the mainstream story that stands as the official version of the events of December 25.



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12.13.2010

The History of the "Oil Cabal" (part 7)

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Well, I'm almost done with the once a month posting of this amazing documentary called The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power.  In part 7, The Tinderbox, we get to see the rising power of OPEC, why Britain ends its occupation Persian Gulf and how a man named Saddam Hussein kept the West on edge with his invasion of Kuwait.



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12.06.2010

What In the World Are They Spraying?

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A few shows ago, Adam mentioned watching this film about chemtrails.  I just found it at Viddler.com for free, so it seemed like a perfect fit for this weeks film.  The director, Paul Wittenberger, has been working in Hollywood (both film and TV) in camera and electrical department jobs since 2005, and has some interesting credits to his name-including Night of the Templar.
Here's the film:




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12.04.2010

NA 257 Film

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I must be doing a pretty good with the films I've been selecting for this site as one of the Monday Movie picks from back in August just came up on show #257.  The International.  Here is the blog post from then:

8.09.2010


Overlooked Gem or Standard Hollywood Propaganda

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Wanted to mix in something a little lighter as the Monday Movie this week.  Well, lighter might not be the best word to use.  Let's just say it's got more action than anything else on this page, however, the subject matter is just as complex and interesting as anything blogged below.

A few months after the 2008 financial collapse, The International comes out in theaters.  An evil bank gets its comeuppance at the hands of a noble INTERPOL agent.  Perhaps the timing is coincidental, since an average studio production takes almost two years to complete, or maybe the powers that be saw this collapse coming.  Either way, the film cost 50 million dollars, before marketing, an pulled in just over 25 million in the US with an additional 34 million coming from overseas.  So money was recouped, but by Hollywood standards, this film was not a hit.

It is worth noting that the cast and crew are remarkably international.  A German director.  Actors from the UK, Australia, Denmark, Ireland, Russia and the USA (and those are just the six top billed actors).  The film is set all over the globe and includes scene in English, German and French. 

Side note: There is an interesting trend is recent action films.  In Casino Royal, the bad guy (Le Chiffre) is played by my current favorite actor, Mads Mikkelsen, a Dane.  Ulrich Thomsen, also a Dane, is the "bad guy" in The International.  Maybe this trend will replace the generic Arab "bad guys" we were inundated with for years.  My question is, why does Hollywood want us to hate the Danish?  They make some of the best films.

(Shameless Plug: If you are interested in modern Danish Cinema check out The World of Cinema Podcast: We (Heart) Denmark)

The International trailer:




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